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Macron kicks out hacks: Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron is to evict the press corps from the rooms it has oc­cu­pied at the Élysée Palace since the 1980s. Of­fi­cially, Macron’s team have cited a lack of space as the rea­son for clos­ing the me­dia rooms (jour­nal­ists will now be housed in an­other build­ing). How­ever, Macron has pre­vi­ously in­di­cated that he wants to keep the press away from his gov­ern­ment. Last month, he called for a “healthy dis­tance” be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and the French me­dia, and said he would re­sist any “prox­im­ity” be­tween the two. The palace press as­so­ci­a­tion said that it “deeply de­plores this uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion... which con­sti­tutes an ob­sta­cle to jour­nal­ists’ work”. Fa­mously im­age­con­scious, Macron has no spokesper­son and gives few in­ter­views, but of­ten ap­pears in photo shoots with his wife, Brigitte, in the Hello!-style weekly Paris Match.

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